Happy December 1! The beginning of every December, I remind myself that while I’m about to enter an extermely busy season, the whole point of all of these festivities, parties, frenzy & busy-ness is Jesus, full stop. So I want to look for Jesus every day this month:
like the shepherds looking for a newborn in a feeding trough,
like the wisemen looking for a King guided by a heavenly anomaly,
even in all his perversion & tainted motives, like Herod looking for a newborn who would upend the status quo
Jesus said that if we ask we’ll get answers, if we seek we’ll find & if we knock the door will be opened to us. So let’s decide to look for Jesus everyday during this season – let’s streamline our focus with the help of the Holy Spirit to look & watch for Jesus, who is daily with us 🙂
Here’s some honesty: over the last month or two, it seems like my walk w God has been a little stale & has seemed to lack some vibrancy. I haven’t really changed anything – I’m maintaining my daily Bible & prayer routines, etc. But it just seems kind of dull & just black & white. I get having some dry times & seasons but I don’t like them one bit.
So here’s what I’ve been sensing God saying on this: when you like a person, you make extra efforts to be around them & you express more initiative to be w them & to tell them you think they’re cool. If that’s true w our friendships, how true is that w God? Going to the extra effort especially w God, can certainly be worth it!!!
Yesterday, I read 1 Sam 12:21, “”You must not turn aside, for then you would go after futile things which can not profit or deliver, because they are futile. NASU
This verse kind of floored me throughout the day & is lingering into today. Futile things – what are the futile things that i chase after which have no profit or power to deliver? There are many futile things in our lives – things that are unnecessary, frothy, frivolous, irrelevant & just plain nonsense. And yet, how much time do we devote to “futile things”? How much attention & energy do we give to “futile things”? I wonder (saying this in a tongue & cheek fashion) if there’s a direct correlation to the lack of fulfillment we may experience compared to the quantity of effort / time we spend pursuing “futile things”.
If you think about it, what are some futile things that you may presently be pursuing & are such things / people mere vapors compared to the fulfillment you could experience in pursuing God? Just something to consider on this beautiful spring day 😉